Imitation Games and Political Discourse

  • Francisco Gutierrez Sanin Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Keywords: Turing Test, political discourse, classification systems, thought experiment


In this article, I examine the possibility of using TURING's concept of "imitation games" to analyze political discourse. This poses the theoretical question of identity matching. It also poses a methodological question: Is it possible to distinguish, using only internal criteria, the political discourse of political actors that belong to two distinct categories? The effort to answer these theoretical and methodological questions highlights important common motives in quantitative and qualitative research. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0101103


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Author Biography

Francisco Gutierrez Sanin, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Francisco GUTIERREZ, presently researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Politicos y Relaciones Internacionales of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Disciplines: Anthropology (pregrad) and political science (master and PhD). Main research fields: Violence, Political discourse, Political system, Comparative politics, Research methods.
How to Cite
Gutierrez Sanin, F. (2001). Imitation Games and Political Discourse. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 2(1).
The Logic of Relating Qualitative and Quantitative Method